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I was looking at all the posts and it did not show anything other than an RN degree for joining the military. I just recently failed my RN program by five points and now have to start over. I am an LVN now. I want to get my RN degree and have now been considering the military. My circumstances are what hindered my success in the program I was in. I eventually want to become a nurse practitioner. My younger brother was swarn into the marines and I am now considering. I think it is a good fit being that I am a personal trainer and very fit and love the discipline. Since I know nothing about the military does anyone know of what my options are to earn my degree. Any info is better than none. I am all ears Thanks in advance.
The army makes extensive use of LVNs/LPNs, but they are enlisted soldiers and not officers. Once you get at least an RN, you can become an officer. If you fall within the age cutoffs, consider being a navy corpsman or army (or air force) medic. Being from a navy family myself, I am partial to corpsmen. They are extremely well-trained, and have tremendous espirit d'corps and a very prooud history. I wanted to be one myself, but was a year over upper age limit, and couldn't get in that way. Corpsmen can also serve in the "blue water" navy or on the "green side" (navy medicine attached to the USMC). Lots of options there, depending on your interests. After service as an enlisted medic, you can always apply to be a "mustang" later (i.e., an EM who becomes an officer).
The army route is good, too. Army medics are trained to the standard of LPN and EMT, and the military scope of practice for nurses is greater than in the civilian world. Don't know anything about medicine in the AF or USCG, but am sure they have their strong points also. Inter-operability is important, the med services of all branches cooperate with one another these days to deliver the best care possible.
All the services need good healthcare providers, so you have some options. Prove yourself in uniform, and you will probably be able to get that NP or a physician assistant's license on their dime. Investigate a program called IPAP, which is the inter-service physician assistant program. I'm sure there is an equivalent for advanced practice nurses, too. Just study and work hard, and things will happen for you.